Fresh water fish scale in demand for use in cosmetic

Thailand and Japan is buying freshwater fish scales for use in cosmetic products according to Win Kyaing, general-secretary of Myanmar Fish Federation. Buyers from Thailand and Japan came to Myanmar to buy freshwater fish scales. “On September 7, buyers from Japan discussed with us for buying fish scales. They want Tilapia fish scales. They said […]

Tour operators barely surviving due to “incredibly shaky” demand

Small tour operators are on the verge of collapse as market demand in the tourism sector took a hit among Western visitors, as bookings for the impending peak season are “incredibly shaky”, according to a local company. In addition, hopes on wooing Asian investors were dashed by the now-abandoned “$1,000 in cash per tourist” entry […]

MI signs MoU with foreign insurance companies for housing projects

Myanmar Insurance (MI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan, Germany and Malaysia to cooperate on insurance services for the construction of one million housing units to be developed by the Ministry of Construction, at Myanmar Insurance on August 28. Dr Sandar Oo, Managing Director of Myanmar Insurance said: “The country needs to develop […]

Investments declined in 2017-18: MIC

Despite an increase in the volume of projects, total investment in value terms fell by around US$900 million in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17, U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), said in Parliament last week. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, Myanmar received $5.7 billion for 222 projects. Around $1 billion of the […]

Japanese investors eye retail sector investments in Myanmar

Wholesalers and retailers from Japan, Thailand and South Korea met with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) to discuss investments in the Myanmar retail sector, said U Yan Naing Tun, director general of the Department of Trade under MOC. Among the companies was Japanese retailer Aeon Co, which invested in the Myanmar retail sector under a […]

Ministry issues notice to proceed for Deedoke hydro project

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a notice to proceed to the developers of the 60-megawatt Deedoke hydropower project in Mandalay Region. Ministry officials signed the notice with the developers – Andritz of Austria, Kansai of Japan and High Tech Construction Trust, which is a subsidiary of Myanmar’s Shwe Taung Group – at […]

Myanmar accepts loan from Italy as foreign debt rises

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved a €30 million interest-free loan from Italy which will be used to provide electricity to villages in Chin State and other rural areas in Myanmar. Under its agreement with Italy, Myanmar will begin repaying the loan over a period of 10 years starting 2036. The repayment amount will be €3 million […]

China Beating Japan in War for Economic Influence in Myanmar

While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met the vice president to discuss increasing investment in agriculture, transport and technology cooperation. It is not the first time China and Japan have been seen directly competing on […]

Visa on arrival for Indians visiting Myanmar

Indians wishing to travel to Myanmar will soon be able to do so without applying for a visa beforehand. Starting August 8, the Myanmar government is set to provide visa on arrival facility, suspending the special land entry permission which was formerly required for visitors entering the country via land routes. The Myanmar government decided […]

Singapore Pledges Continued Support for Myanmar

Singapore’s foreign minister said the city-state and current ASEAN chair would continue to support Myanmar’s economic development and peace process through its many challenges. Speaking with journalists from across the regional bloc on Monday, Vivian Balakrishnan said Singapore stood with Myanmar as it tackled economic challenges, civil war and the Rohingya crisis. Balakrishnan has met […]